Music is present in our lives every day. We hear it on the radio, while we watch TV commercials, commute to work, do the shopping. Since it seems to be an inseparable part of our existence, scientists became interested in its influence on people’s lives, especially children. Did you know that apart from the obvious entertainment it brings, it also has several benefits in children’s development and education? It doesn’t matter whether your child is dancing, listening to the music or playing an instrument – any exposure to music can bring incredible advantages to your child.
1. Better grades at school
One of the most spectacular benefits of music is its influence on students’ performance at school. Example? Here you go: Students who took courses in music performance and music appreciation had higher scores in the SAT in comparison to students who didn’t take part in such courses. There is also a strong connection between music and the development of mathematical thinking. For instance, music can be used to teach pattern recognition to kids. Check out this article to see what exactly maths and music have in common. Many pupils listen to music while studying, as they claim it helps them remember things, which leads us to the second advantage….
2. Improved memory
In the past people thought that music affected only the right part of brain responsible for creativity. However, later the scientists discovered that music affects many parts of brain, including the area responsible for memory. Think about how children learn alphabet with the help of this famous ABC song or pick up new words when listening to music in foreign languges. If your child keeps forgetting thing, music might be a solution!
3. Socio-emotional development
Playing an instrument in a musical group or singing together can help children socialize and create a bond, developing their communication skills as a result. Additionally, music is a great way to boost child’s self esteem and it allows them to learn or practice self-regulation (ability to manage ones emotion and physical state).
4. Boost in creativity
Singing, inventing new songs, playing musical instruments, dancing to music– all of these activities are a great way to foster creativity in kids. Music allows children to make mistakes, explore and come up with their own ideas.
5. Language & literacy development
According to one study by Gromko students who participate in musical training develop skills for spoken sounds and words faster than children who don’t receive musical training. “Speech and music have a number of shared processing systems. Musical experiences which enhance processing can therefore impact on the perception of language which in turn impacts on learning to read.” – says Susan Hallam from Institute of Education University of London. According to a different study ”phonemic awareness skills may be improved by music training because both music and language processing require the ability to segment streams of sound into small perceptual units.”
6. Special-temporal intelligence
Finally, music can help children in visualizing things: picturing a spacial pattern and understanding how pieces fit into space. In one study children who received piano lessons showed a 34% increase in spatial-temporal intelligence while there was no change in children in the other groups
How to bring your child closer to music?
Your child doesn’t seem to be so fond of music? Check out these ideas to get your kids to like it.
8 ways to bring children closer to music:
- Introduce them to your favorite songs or musicians from childhood.
- Encourage them to start playing an instrument or enroll in a band. See this great article: How to get your child excited to play a musical instrument.
- Sing together in a car or while preparing a meal.
- Organize a karaoke night.
- Expose them to different types of music
- Get to know what kind of music they like and take them to concert or gift them a CD with their favorite songs
- Teach them action songs that encourage them to move
- Get an app that will allow them to create their own tracks/songs
Music plays an important factor in kids’ development since their birth, If you want to see how exactly you can support their development with music from early age, check out this chart where you can find out how to support children’s development through music when they are still little.
Who knows, maybe you are raising next Mozart? 🙂
Thanks for reading and see you soon.
Magdalena | Appetite For Education
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